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Trickster's Queen (Aliane (Library))

Press: Perfection Learning (October 11, 2005)
Publication Date:2005-10
ISBN:9780756954826
Author Name:Pierce, Tamora
Pages:467
Language:English

Content

Aly's adventure continues. 
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No longer a slave, Alanna's daughter is now spying as part of an underground rebellion against the colonial rulers of the Copper Isles.
The people in the rebellion believe that a prophecy in which a new queen will rise up to take the throne is about to be realized.
Aly is busy keeping the potential teenage queen and her younger siblings safe, while also keeping her in the dark about her future.
But Aly, who is usually adept at anticipating danger and changes, is in for a few nasty surprises."New York Times" and "Wall Street Journal" bestselling author Tamora Pierce captured the imagination of readers 20 years ago with "Alanna": " The First Adventure," As of August 2003, she has written 21 books including three completed quartets: The Song of the Lioness, The Immortals, and The Protector of the Small, set in the fantasy realm of Tortall.
She has also written the Circle of Magic and The Circle Opens quartets.
The author lives in New York, NY.
"From the Hardcover edition."

From Booklist

Gr. 
7-12.
Pierce concludes the story of Alanna the Lioness' daughter, Aly, spymaster par excellence, in a fantasy thriller that continues the rich and complex tale begun in Trickster's Choice [BKL D 1 03].
Still bound by the trickster god Kyprioth to keep the Balitang children safe, Alanna now must make certain that the rebel conspiracy against the harsh Rittevon Crown and its supporters succeeds so that Sarai, the oldest of the Balitang children, will ascend the throne.
But Sarai throws a wrench in the plans by eloping, and it's left to her younger, more intelligent and more committed sister, Dove, to prove herself to the people.
Characterizations are complex and well developed, and the intricate intrigue is compelling as Aly uses her cadre of spies to collect information and manipulate events leading up to revolution.
The growing love between Aly and Nawat, who had once been a crow and now leads the horde of crows in battle against the crown, adds its own spice to a thoroughly engrossing novel, sure to please.
Sally EstesCopyright © American Library Association.
All rights reserved

--This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.

Review

"The humour is wicked, and the plot twists will keep the pages turning to the supremely satisfying end.""--School Library Journal" "From the Paperback edition."

From the Inside Flap

Aly's adventure continues. 
.
.
.
No longer a slave, Alanna's daughter is now spying as part of an underground rebellion against the colonial rulers of the Copper Isles.
The people in the rebellion believe that a prophecy in which a new queen will rise up to take the throne is about to be realized.
Aly is busy keeping the potential teenage queen and her younger siblings safe, while also keeping her in the dark about her future.
But Aly, who is usually adept at anticipating danger and changes, is in for a few nasty surprises."New York Times and "Wall Street Journal bestselling author Tamora Pierce captured the imagination of readers 20 years ago with "Alanna: " The First Adventure.
As of August 2003, she has written 21 books including three completed quartets: The Song of the Lioness, The Immortals, and The Protector of the Small, set in the fantasy realm of Tortall.
She has also written the Circle of Magic and The Circle Opens quartets.
The author lives in New York, NY.
"From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Tamora Pierce’s fast-paced, suspenseful writing and strong, believable heroines have won her much praise and a large, devoted fan following. 
She lives in Syracuse, New York, with her husband, Tim, five cats, two birds, and various freeloading wildlife.
Visit her online at www.tamorapierce.com.From the Paperback edition.

--This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

There were spells written deep within the walls that surrounded the Balitang home. 
They appeared as a shimmering silver blaze in Aly’s Sight.
As the processsion passed through the gate, she saw magic sunk below the stones, wood, and carvings.
It was partially covered by common magical signs for protection and health that any house possessed.
They gleamed silver in the carving on the foundation stones and front steps.
Unless someone else in Rajmuat had the Sight in the strength Aly had it, no one would see anything but the everyday spells.
The raka mages were very good at keeping their work hidden.Ornately carved pillars lined the long front porch and framed the front door of Balitang House.
The roof was layered, each lesser roof sporting upturned ends.
After the summer’s heat and rains, and the winter’s cold and rains, with no staff to keep the place up, the house should have looked run-down.
But this house gleamed.
Not one clay tile was missing from the roof.
The stucco was the color of fresh milk.
Gold and silver leaf glimmered on the eaves and on the carved wood above the posts.The staff was lined up on either side of the flagstone road.
They wore luarin tunics and breeches or hose, raka wrapped jackets and sarongs, or combinations of styles in an explosion of colors that made Aly blink.
Housemaids wore white headcloths; the men wore round white caps.
They all looked to be wearing every piece of jewelry they owned.Aly counted.
Nearly sixty people were here, not including the men-at-arms.
Balitang House was as fully staffed as it had been the previous spring.The duchess could not afford this.
When King Oron had exiled them, he had made them show their loyalty with gold, emptying Duke Mequen’s coffers.
Winnamine had drawn on her dowry to pay household costs.
If Prince Rubinyan had not virtually commanded her to return to court, she would have remained at Tanair, which was affordable.“Fesgao,” Aly murmured.
The man had come to stand by her elbow.
“Who’s paying for this?”“Don’t worry,” the raka man told her.
“It seems our situation has changed.
Ulasim will explain.” He went to help the duchess out of the litter.Aly looked at the steps.
Ulasim waited there on the ground, smiling.
He was a hard-muscled man, in his forties with the brown skin of a full-blood raka.
His nose had been mashed against his face on several occasions by someone not kindly disposed toward him.
A tightness in Aly’s heart loosened at the sight of the head footman.
He was the leader of the far-flung raka conspiracy, wise and strong at every trial.
He had drawn Aly from suspicion to respect.
Back under Ulasim’s wing, the Balitang family seemed much less exposed.
Back under Ulasim’s eye, Aly could turn to her specialty and leave him to deal with assassins and alliances.The big raka bowed to Winnamine.
As Aly watched, reading his lips, Ulasim told the duchess that they had not spent money they did not have.
He reassured her that all would be explained to her satisfaction.
once she’d had a chance to eat and rest.
As he soothed her, Aly identified a familiar face at Ulasim’s elbow.
Quedanga, the housekeeper since Sarai was born, had stayed in Rajmuat when the family left the city.
She had now returned to Balitang House.“How did they afford this?” Dove murmured as Aly handed her down from the litter.“It will be a lovely tale,” Aly replied, her voice sweet.
“Some parts may even be true.”Dove looked up at Aly, smiling slightly.
“You sound as if you wouldn’t put it past them to have raided the royal treasury.”Aly raised an eyebrow at her mistress.
“Do you think they wouldn’t, my lady?”Dove sighed.
“I hope not.
It would complicate things.” Dove had understatement down to an art.Hands folded in front of her, Aly followed Dove toward the house.
They did not get far.
A tall woman stepped out of the house.
She was a silver-haired luarin with perfect posture.
Her luarin-style gown was pale blue with a high collar.
Instead of the traditional over robe, she wore a stole like the raka wrapped jacket, made of shimmering white lawn.Sarai and Dove looked at each other.
“Aunt Nuritin,” they whispered in shock.
Aly had heard of Nuritin Balitang–or as Sarai and Dove called her, the Dragon.
Though Duke Mequen had been technically the head of the family, it was his aunt who ruled it.
When he had sunk into mourning for his first duchess, it was Nuritin who had badgered him into making a new marriage and a new life.
Among the Balitangs, her word was law.
Among the nobles of her generation, her opinion was the first they sought.It did not bode well that she looked very comfortable in Balitang House.Winnamine was the first to recover.
She approached the old woman with outstretched hands and an apparently genuine smile on her face.
“Aunt Nuritin, it’s wonderful to see you.
Girls, come greet your great-aunt.
Elsren, Petranne, come.”Aly looked at Ulasim and made sure the nobles couldn’t see her before she hand-signed: Does she live here?Ulasim nodded slightly.Again Aly’s fingers flew.
Are we safe with her in the house?Ulasim came over to whisper, “As safe as anywhere in Rajmuat.
We’re stuck with the old Stormwing, and that’s that.
She will learn nothing we do not allow her to.”Aly shook her head.
“Well, then,” she said, “we’ll all just be one happy family.
What harm could come of that?”Once inside, the duchess looked at her late husband’s aunt.
“Lady Nuritin, may we have some time to settle in before we talk? I’m not at my best so early in the morning, and this is quite a surprise.”“Of course you need rest, all of you,” the old woman said.
“Go.
Bathe, change, unpack, take naps if you need to.
We shall have our talk after lunch, and I can explain everything then.”From the Hardcover edition.

--This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.

From AudioFile

Pierce weaves yet another vibrant fantasy in which listeners get espionage, war strategy, and royal politics. 
Aly Homewood continues to plot with the Copper Isles natives to place a "raka queen" on the throne.
Pierce's story is intelligent in its details of revolution, beautiful in its descriptions of exotic places and people, and emotionally charged in its tragedies and triumphs.
Happily, this book gets the narrator it needs in Trini Alvarado, who provides an extensive range of expression for both males and females, human or immortal, friend or foe.
Her clear speech and judicious pace guide listeners through multiple intrigues to a satisfying end.
A gem.
J.M.S.
© AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

--This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.

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Comment List (Total:13)

  •     I haven't read a Tamora Pierce book that I didn't thoroughly enjoy. In the Trickster books, I find another heroine that I can root for, an adventure that I don't want to put down,...

  •     An awesome read... just brilliant!

  •     One of my favorite books!!! Diverse characters and a diverse culture. I will never not recommend this series to anyone.

  •     Great characters and a good plotline. The Trickster's series is wonderfully entertaining and offers a wide variety of characters you can invest in.

  •     I love this book!!! I have it in hardback form as well, but that copy is currently buried on my bookshelf, and so I decided to get this version so I wouldn't have to wade through...

  •     One of the best books I have ever read. Don't miss trickster' s queen, the sequel.

  •     In this Tortall tale, part 2 of the Daughter of the Lioness series, we get to see the conclusion to the story of Aly who was kidnapped and sold as a slave into the Copper Isles. The story is full of action, and is a great story of a strong central female character who is smart, independent, and a good leader. Without giving away the plot, I'll say that Aly finishes what she set out to do in the first book, and does it in a masterfully entertaining way.I was introduced to the works of Tamora Pierce with the Song of the Lioness books earlier this summer. Currently there are four series of books that occur in the world of Tortall, and I actually recommend that you read them in order. First, read the Song of the Lioness series, because that will introduce you to Tortall and the first woman to try for knighthood in over a century. Second, read the Immortals War series. The immortal creatures that "invade" Tortall remain around for the last two series, and this series introduces you to all the immortals. Future series take for granted, to some degree, that you already know about the different immortal species. Third, I recommend the Protector of the Small series. This is a different story of a girl who wants to become a knight, and occurs between 13-21 years after Alana's stories. Finally, I recommend you read the Daughter of the Lioness series. This is Aly's series, which Trickster's Queen is the second book of two in that series.It's true, you can read them out of order, and you will be able to understand the important parts of the story, but I read them out of order (Song of the Lioness, then Daughter of the Lioness, then Protector of the Small, then finally the Immortals. There were several parts that made much more sense after reading all the books that I missed the first go-through. But I liked these books enough that I look forward to reading them again in the proper order this time.A lot of people say these are great stories (for girls, specifically) because of their strong feminine heroines. I agree with that, and look forward to reading them with and/or discussing them with my children. They have more sexual content than most YA series that I've read. Most of the girls in the series become sexually active in their late teens. While these books are NOT explicit in any way (in my opinion) there are certainly discussions about the ramifications of pregnancy, and the societal expectation that noble women remain virgins until they marry. The girls use a form of birth control to prevent pregnancy, showing that they take this issue seriously. I point this out not because I was offended; I wasn't. I do want to warn parents, however, that if this type of discussion is uncomfortable for you, you may want to read the books before you give them to your kids to read. This would not prevent me from letting my kids (early teen and later, probably) read the books, but it would make me want to talk to them about what they read and see what they understood and how they felt about it, giving us an opportunity to have dialog about the topic, and giving me as a parent, an opportunity to help share my own beliefs and expectations on the subject with my kids.My only wish for this book was that there was a third (and a fourth, and....) book coming in the series. I think Aly is my favorite of all the Tortall heroines, and I would love to see more of her adventures.

  •     Yes this book hit all the right spots. It has an action adventure storyline, a girl who doesn't fit in, heroism, love. Its great young adult fantasy.

  •     As I grow older, I still find myself drawn to this and other later works by Tamora Pierce. For those of us who loved George, his daughter is even more of a delight.

  •     I absolutely love this book! Tamora Pierce's writing is engaging, creative and full of nuances that make these books fun for both teenagers and adults. Aly's voice is fresh, inventive and though she's young, she's not another annoying YA heroine. She learns from her mistakes and she's SMART. She stands up for what she thinks and she doesn't follow the herd. She's a heroine worth admiring.This was the first book I read of Tamora Pierce's world and even though it makes frequent mentions of other characters featured in her other series', I didn't feel lost at all. This story is well-paced, the world building is complete and presented in a sensible and easy to grasp way, and Aly's inventiveness brings the story a sense of fun and adventure that all ages identify with.Alianne (Aly) of Pirate's Swoop is the daughter of Alanna, the renowned first lady knight of Tortall. However, Aly isn't interested in following in her mother's footsteps. Instead, she hungers for a different kind of adventure - the work of a spy, following in the footsteps of her father. When Aly is kidnapped by slavers while traveling off the coast of Tortall, she finds herself entering into a wager with a god, an unwitting piece in a larger picture of life in the Copper Isles, her unplanned new home. As she starts to ferret out more secrets, she realizes that the plot around her is many times larger than she imagined, and she forges unexpected alliances with soldiers, cooks, high-born ladies, servants, crows and even a god.Aly's wager is for just for the summer... but the more she sees of life in the Copper Isles, the more she realizes she might be in it for the long game...

  •     I love it when I close book, and I'm smiling And this book provides that kind of delight.The central character in this novel is Aliane, the teenage daughter of the King's Champion and the Spy Master for Tortall, the kingdom that has served as the setting for many of Tamora Pierce's fantasy books. As the novel opens, Aliane feels stifled by her life's duties and roles: behave in a manner that befits her station in life. Although both of her parents are embroiled in active, dangerous lives, they expect her to remain home, where the bulk of her duties extend only as far as breaking codes for her father and playing the role of a young lady of the castle. Boring! She wants to go in the field as a real spy. Frustrated by those limitations, she decides to sail her small boat down the coast to visit some friends.And that is how it all starts. She is soon captured by pirates who sell her into slavery to a high caste family related to the king. In a strange visit, a minor deity makes her a bet: if she can keep the family's daughters alive, he will send her home. But she quickly learns that the task is not easy: the king is crazy, the elder daughters are members of both castes, a difficult life in a kingdom where one group has all the power, and the other is impoverished, living as slaves, servants, or poor villagers. Moreover, one of the daughters is the future queen of the Raka.It is delightful to watch Aliane mature as she lives within the society, recognizing her moral need to protect the girls and to create a system where both castes can live peacefully. This is another book that shows how girls and women can do crucial and important work.If you start this book without much daily reading time, you may discover a craving for the weekend so that you can just sit and read this engaging book--but remember that it is only the first of two books!

  •     The plot, the characters, the mystery will all draw you in until you wish that there was a third book.

  •     It's great

 

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